Bomata World Jazz
UPDATE At Centennial with Granhøj Dans has been rescheduled to April 8, 2013; was originally scheduled for November 20th, 2012 HARVEST BREED Saturday, November 24, 8 pm
of Centennial Theatre as the opening act for Basia Bulat in 2010, Harvest Breed now appear as headliners on the Centennial stage on Saturday, November 24th. The Sherbrooke sextet returns with a new record,
a new name and a robust charge in their new music as part of the Sherbrooke Connection series initiated at Centennial this season. The group whose first album is nominated for a GAMIQ Award (independent music) is also shortlisted for a spot for the “Entrée en scène Loto-Québec”
Sparser and more raw than the band’s previous efforts (which were released under the retired moniker of Jake and the Leprechauns), Harvest Breed’s official debut album is the work of a band at the height of its creative powers. Harvest Breed delivers a mix of indie folk rock with a solid dose of old school American folk as they breathe new life to the fortified band featuring Charles-Antoine Gosselin (vocals, guitars, keyboard, composition), Philippe Custeau (lyrics, guitars, pedal steel), Maxime Rouleau (piano, guitars, vocals), Marco Gosselin (guitars, banjo, vocals), Sylvain Lussier (bass), Gabriel Lemieux-Maillé (drums).
While at Toronto’s Indie Week, the band recorded 2 videos with producer and videographer Mitch Filion (Southern Souls) whose mandate is to capture unique performances by Canadian musicians in interesting locations. During the 2012 summer, Harvest Breed performed on one of the mains venues at the Festival d’été de Québec with Beirut and Barr Brothers.
Harkening back to a time where albums were more than a computer playlist of MP3s, when music could still move masses, break hearts, open minds, and change the world, Harvest Breed’s songs bridge the gap between the warm and fuzzy iconic records of the 70’s, and the consuming quest for lyrical perfection which permeates the work of such contemporary poetry luminaries as Michael Ondaatdje, John Ashberry, Robert Hass and W.S. Merwin.
“Everything Changes”, recorded live off-the-floor in four days by Mark Lawson, evokes classic albums by The Grateful Dead, Townes Van Zandt, The Band, Neil Young and the Flying Burrito Brothers. It is at once invigorating and oddly familiar, like stumbling upon a long-lost friend in the middle of a foreign city, like the first snowfall of the year.